WHAT IT IS
- President Trump is looking to eliminate 62 agencies and programs through his first budget proposal.
- AmeriCorps train individuals to help provide educational, health, environmental, economic, and veteran assistance to U.S. communities in need.
- AmeriCorps assists 11,000 schools, many in underserved, impoverished areas.
- AmeriCorps is one of the components of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
WHY IT MATTERS
AmeriCorps is an immediate post-graduate employment option, as a significant number of workers are 18-to-25 years old and recent college graduates. Employees receive a stipend, health care, and assistance in paying back student loans. Public schools in low-income, inner-city neighborhoods survive on AmeriCorps members to stay within budgets and improve their quality of education.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- A group of influential Republicans recently wrote a letter to President Trump stressing the importance of AmeriCorps.
- Proposed budget needs to pass through congressional committees in both the House and Senate before written into law.
- Other cuts include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
- There are currently 80,000 working AmeriCorps members, both within the main organization and through its programs such as City Year and Teach for America.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- AmeriCorps also helps students pay off their loans, a necessity in an era of crippling student loan debt.
- Is it fair to remove AmeriCorps from schools that need it most, even if it is to help balance government spending?